Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium: Susan Levine, University of Chicago
Psychological and Brain Sciences Spiker Memorial Lecture
Susan C. Levine, Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor in Education and Society, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Variations in Young Children's Math Knowledge: Cognitive and Emotional Factors
Abstract: Children show marked variation in their mathematical knowledge by the start of kindergarten, and these early differences predict long-term mathematical achievement. My research focuses on understanding the factors, both cognitive and emotional, that influence early differences in children’s math knowledge. With respect to cognitive factors, I consider the relation of talk about number and spatial relations at home and at school to variations in children’s math knowledge. With respect to emotional factors, I discuss the relation of teacher and parent math anxiety, as well as the math anxiety of children themselves, in the math achievement of young children.